Angel's Rest Trailhead

Near Hood River, Oregon, United States

The west Gorge hike to the Angel's Rest viewpoint promises to be a workout with a big reward.

The 8-mile trek to the viewpoint starts at about river level and quickly climbs through trees and then over boulders before rising to a bluff above the river. From the top, you'll get a spectacular 270-degree view of the Gorge that includes Beacon Rock, Silver Star Mountain and other landmarks.

Hikers have the option to extend their trek east to Wahkeena Falls and on Gorge Trail #400 for a short backpacking trip, or loop back to the start via Devil's Rest Trail

Hikers will see scars and signs of recovery from the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire and a previous fire from the 1990s. Please stay on designated trails and watch your step, as the recovering landscape is very susceptible to erosion and landslides. Be extremely careful along cliff edges.

Parking fills quickly during spring and summer. Do not park outside fog lines or in areas marked no parking, as cars will be cited and towed. This is a heavily congested area, so carpool if possible. If parking is full, be prepared to find another place to hike.

This trail, also known as #415, is jointly managed by Oregon State Parks and the US Forest Service. More trail information is at fs.usda.gov.

Photo of Angel's Rest Viewpoint by Steve Carples.

Effective Jul 25, 2022 – Oct 31, 2022
No wood fires, charcoal briquettes, pellet-fueled grills, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers and cannot be turned off with a valve. Portable cooking stoves, barbecues, fire pits, and lanterns using liquefied or bottle fuels are allowed. 
Effective May 24, 2022 – Sep 5, 2022
A Timed Use Permit will be required for each personal vehicle driven to the federal lands adjacent to the Gorge Waterfall Corridor between I-84 Exit 28 (Bridal Veil) and Exit 35 (Ainsworth State Park). Permits will be required from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily between May 24 and Sept. 5. 
 
Exceptions: 
  • Campers at Ainsworth State Park do not need a permit to access the campground or the waterfall corridor. Just show your valid reservation receipt or a registration envelope (completed at check-in for those who arrive without a reservation) at either check-in location any time during stay. 
  • The permit area starts just east of the Angel's Rest trailhead; no permit is needed to get to Angel's Rest or Bridal Veil Falls.
  • People traveling by bike, transit, or tour do not need a permit. 
 
Permits will be available for a $2 transaction fee beginning May 10 at recreation.gov. They will be released daily two weeks in advance. For more information, visit waterfallcorridorpermits.org
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Call park: 503-695-2261
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History

Oregon State Parks owns the four miles of trail that pass through Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area, which was acquired by gift, exchange and purchase between 1940 and 1984. The original tract of land, including the dell, was given first to the city of Portland in 1915 by George G. Shepperd as a memorial to his wife. Later the city gifted the tract to the state.

Brochures and Maps

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Photos